Christ's command to "go and make disciples" and to "teach them all things He has commanded" is a life-long process. We begin by being His witnesses to the Gospel. When a person believes and is saved and desires to be a member of our church, we begin the discipleship porcess. First, we offer all new members a course entitled "Discovering Church Membership". Then we seek to enroll them in Sunday School and other programs and ministries of the church.
Over the past five years the church has offered discipleship classes including: FOR CHILDREN- A.W.A.N.A., Survival Kit, I'm a Christian Now, FOR YOUTH- Striving for Excellence, True Love Waits, Why Can't I Just Do What I Feel Like Doing?, MasterLife, FOR ADULTS- Fresh Encounter, Husband Handbook, It's Not About Me, Living Your Christian Values, Every Day Deserves a Chance, Wild at Heart, Captivating, Financial Peace University, I Have Been Born Again- What Next?, Lord, Change My Attitude, Experiencing God, Fireproof Your Marriage, Women of Purpose, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, Save Our Children- Already Gone.
Currently we are offering discipleship small groups. They are based on how Jesus made disciples. He preached to the multitudes, but He spent 3 years with a small group of 12 men. The Relational Discipleship Model is based on making disciples like Jesus did, in small groups. How does it work?
A small group begins with half a dozen to a dozen. They meet primarily in homes once a week for 1 ½ -2 hrs. The leader tells a Bible story. The group retells it. Then they read and discuss it from the Bible. This is a method that works very well on the mission field. Application is made from the story to real life, and members of the group hold each other accountable to what they commit to do. The rest of the time is spent in fellowship and prayer. The small group is open and evangelistic. New people can join the group at any time. Lost and un-churched friends are invited to meet with the group. Over time deep Christian relationships develop. The group meets together from 6-12 months, and/or until the group size grows over a dozen, then it intentionally branches into two groups and continues. Churches that are using this discipleshp model well are seeing great things happen. People are being discipled; the lost are being saved and added to the church, deep Christian relationships are formed, ministry happens through the small group to its members, Christ’s command to go and make disciples is being done and reproduced.
If you are interested in learning more about or participating in our small groups, we invite you to attend one of the group meetings. Currently one meets on Tuesday night and one on Thursday night. Contact us for the time and place.